Joël Robuchon, Chef of the Century

Joël Robuchon was born in the old French city Poitiers. His family was big, so Joël was just as one of four brothers. When he was young, he already wanted to become a chef of the cuisine.


In the beginning, Joël worked in the kitchen of the Catholic seminary. It was a hard work. When future star of the French cuisine was 15 years old, he had a chance to find a place of apprentice chef at the hotel.


Next Joël decided to travel throughout his country for learning a variety of diverse regional dishes of France. It was really a life-changing experience. After it, he opened his own restaurant in Paris. He called it Jamin.  


Unfortunately, Joël Robuchon has never enjoyed good health. He had a lot of heart attacks, so the chef or the century had to retire at the age of 50. But Joël Robuchon found another way to realize himself. He opened a lot of restaurants all over the world and started his own TV show named Cuisinez comme un grand chef. Then he hosted Bon appétit bien sûr.


Thanks to his talent and perfectionism of his cuisine Joël Robuchon has of 28 Michelin Guide stars. Nobody has more.   


He created a lot of recipes, and now we want to show you one of them. It’s a Chocolate Truffle Slice with almonds and pistachios, from the sphere of the elegant Dark Chocolate Pastry.



  • 300g Dark Chocolate pastry with almonds
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 400g dark couverture chocolate (75% – 80%), broken into pieces
  • 320ml pure cream
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried blueberries



  • Place pistachios on a baking tray and pop in the oven to lightly roast for 10 minutes.
  • Bake the dark chocolate pastry with almonds in the baker paper for 16 minutes.
  • Break the chocolate.
  • Place it in a bowl.
  • Warm the cream.
  • Add to this the cranberries and blueberries.
  • Put it into the baked sheet of pastry.
  • Sprinkle with the pistachios.
  • Leave in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Serve cold with hot chocolate.

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